Sunderland have today completed the signing of English rising star Jobe Bellingham from Birmingham City. The 17-year-old England U18 international is the brother of Jude Bellingham and he will finalise the move to Wearside when he returns from international duty. The length of the contract and the fee has yet to be announced
The Bellingham brothers have close links with the Black Cats hierarchy. Sporting director Kristjaan Speakman, first-team coach Mike Dodds and head of coaching Stuart English have all played a part in their development.
Bellingham’s transfer was confirmed via the official Sunderland website safc.com
English Rising Star Jobe Bellingham Seals Move to Sunderland
✊ We are delighted to announce that an agreement has been reached with Birmingham City for the transfer of Jobe Bellingham. #SAFC
— Sunderland AFC (@SunderlandAFC) June 14, 2023
New Black Cat and Rising English Star Delighted to Have Signed
Speaking after the deal had been agreed, Sunderland’s new youngster Jobe Bellingham said: “I’m delighted to sign for Sunderland AFC and I can’t wait to get started. The opportunity for young players to move here and progress is clear, so I believe this is the perfect Club for me to continue my development. I’m grateful to everyone at Birmingham City for their support over the past 11 years and I wish them the best for the future, as I begin the next chapter of my career at the Stadium of Light.”
Sunderland’s new star also extended his thanks to his former club Birmingham City where he has spent the last 11 years. He said: “I’m grateful to everyone at Birmingham City for their support over the past 11 years and I wish them the best for the future, as I begin the next chapter of my career at the Stadium of Light.”
Bellingham, who made his full debut for Birmingham City last season against Sunderland, played 26 times for the Blues and follows his brother Jude, who has signed for Real Madrid, in making a summer transfer move.
Image of Sunderland Stadium of Light courtesy of Wikimedia Commons User: The JPS